What effects do political relationships have on free trade between states? : Master of Arts in Politics, Massey University, by Distance, New Zealand

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2020
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This thesis analyses what the effect of political leader relationships is on free trade between states relative to other influencing factors through qualitative case study analysis. The thesis reviews the relationship between Sir John Key, prime minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, and Barack Obama, United States of America president from 2008 to 2016. It also reviews the relationship between John Key and Hu Jintao, president of the People’s Republic of China from 2003 to 2013, and Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China from 2013 to present (2020). Interviews with John Key and former New Zealand minister, Murray McCully, are presented in this thesis. It is clear in this thesis that free trade between states is an issue that is bigger than leader-to-leader relationships. This thesis is exploratory and provides insights into certain aspects of New Zealand politics and free-trade concepts, including insights into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, from a New Zealand perspective.
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